The new Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, has a frightening background on LGBT issues. As the Cabinet official responsible for Health Services, here are six reasons why LGBT people should be concerned about him.
Jeff Sessions has officially been confirmed as Attorney General of the Unites States. As someone who has repeatedly launched hateful attacks, laws, and rhetoric on marginalized communities, the citizens of this country should be deeply concerned about their civil rights.
1. He Has Consistently Opposed Marriage Equality.
This includes voting in support of a constitutional ban on marriage equality, co-sponsoring a bill that would have allowed the state definition of marriage to supersede the federal definition, and even after the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell, he continued to persist in denying equal rights to same-sex couples by co-sponsoring the First Amendment Defense Act. This bill, which President Trump has promised to sign, is an extreme piece of legislation and would open the door to individuals and organizations to discriminate against LGBT people based on religious beliefs.
While many still fear President Trump will sign an executive order that would permit religious-based discrimination, a new study reported by Salon reveals that the majority of Americans oppose denying services to LGBT people in the name of religion.
After a 24-hour filibuster by Democrats, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos, a billionaire advocate for a school voucher program, has been incredibly controversial since her hearing in front of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions.